Nature experience

Night View from Mt. Rokko
Famous for the "Million Dollar Nightscape"
Mt. Rokko consists of a series of mountains from 600 to 931 m high sitting at the north of Kobe's urban district. Recommended viewing spots are 'Tenrandai' near Rokko Sanjo Stn. of Rokko cable Line, 'Rokko garden terrace', 'Hachimaki Observatory deck' in Omote-Rokko drive way where '10 million dollar views' can be enjoyed. The view from observatory deck 'Kikuseidai', near the top of Mt. Maya extends to Osaka as well.
●Tel/078-894-2281(Rokko Garden Terrace)
◆Access/To Rokko Garden Terrace: Hanshin Mikage Stn., JR Rokkomichi Stn., or Hankyu Rokko Stn. →City bus→Rokko cable car→Mountain-top loop bus
To the top of Mt. Maya: JR/Hankyu/Hanshin/Subway Sannomiya Stn. →city bus→Maya View Line Hoshino-eki Stn.
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Trolley Train
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Hozu Gorge
The trolley train links the 7.3km route between Arashiyama in Kyoto and Kameoka in the suburbs in 25 minutes. It provides a superb paranomic view of Hozu River's ravine including cherry blossoms, fresh green in spring and tinted autumn leaves. A combination with the Hozu river ride which travels 16 km-long stream which takes about 2 hours, is also available. (Photo:JNTO)
●Open/8 round trips daily
●Closed/Wednesday, Dec. 30-end Feb. (vary according to the season)  ●Fare/¥600 (Adult), 300 (Child)  ●Tel/075-861-7444 (Sagano Sightseeing Train)
◆Access/A short walk from JR Saga-Arashiyama Stn.
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A famous place of cherry blossoms and colored leaves in Japan
Arashiyama locates in the west of Kyoto town. It has been a representative sightseeing spot of Kyoto since it became the noble villas in the Heian era. Particularly, the outskirts of the Togetsu Bridge gather many tourists as a famous place of cherry blossoms and colored leaves. Arashiyama has a particular scenery such as cherry blossoms of spring, colored leaves of autumn, and you can enjoy the four seasons of Kansai to the full. (Photo:JNTO)
◆Access/5 min. walk from Hankyu Arashiyama and Keifuku Arashiyama Stn.
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Amanohashidate Spa
One of Japan's greatest landscapes with beautiful white sands and pine trees
One of Japan's 3 greatest landscapes situated in the north of Kyoto Prefecture. The contrast created by the 20m to 170m wide 3.6km long white sands and the lusciously green rows of pine trees is superb. It is nature's artwork created by the sands of the Sea of Japan carried out into the depth of the bay by the winds and waves, and swept away by River Noda in the mountains. There is also cycling and hot spring spa to be enjoyed.
●Tel/0772-22-8030(Amanohashidate Tourism Association)
◆Access/5 min. walk from Kita Kinki Tango Railway Amanohashidate Stn., 10 min. drive from Kyoto Longitudinal Expressway Miyazu Amanohashidate IC.
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【World Heritage】 
Japan's top cherry blossom-viewing spot
Mt. Yoshino is famous as the best place to appreciate cherry blossoms. This is the north starting point of Omineokugake-michi (pilgrimage route), and it was registered as World Heritage in 2004 along with other cultural assets such as Zaodo in Kinpusenji temple and Yoshimizu Shrine.
●Tel/0746-32-1007 (Mt.Yoshino Tourism Association)
◆Access/A short walk from Ropeway Yoshinoyama Stn. from Kintetsu Yoshino Stn.
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Commanding view of the dynamic whirlpool and Naruto Straits
Elevated 45m above sea level, the 450m promenade was built underneath the Onaruto Bridge. Visitors can enjoy the dynamic whirlpools and the rapid current of Naruto Straits, as well as the wonderful landscape of Setonaika National Park.
●Open/Mar.-Sep. 9:00-18:00 (Last entry at 17:30), Oct.-Feb. 9:00-17:00 (Last entry at 16:30)
●Closed/2nd Monday of Mar., Jun., Sep. and Dec., Dec.29- 31  ●Fare/Adults ¥500, High school and junior high school students ¥400, Elementary school students ¥250  ●Tel/088-683-6262
◆Access/10 min. walk from Naruto Koen-guchi bus stop by highway bus from JR Osaka Stn.
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